June 18th, 2005

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Random walk

Good luck to everyone trying the World Puzzle Championship qualifying test at 6pm BST (1pm EDT) today. The preview instructions reveal what sort of puzzles there are going to be - this year's batch look like lots of fun, though very hard. The Su Doku variants look particularly intriguing. If I can score eighty points this year then I'll be pretty pleased about it. Debrief here afterwards, perhaps?



Poll #515599 The most famous specific locations in the world

Imagine, if you will, that you have to meet up with somebody who you don't know and can't contact. A specific time is agreed, but the two of you must guess the same location in order to meet, which can be anywhere in the world. Where do you guess?

Imagine that you have to meet up with somebody who you don't know and can't contact. A specific time is agreed, but the two of you must guess the same location in order to meet, which can be anywhere in London. Where do you guess?

Imagine that you have to meet up with a LiveJournal user who you don't know and can't contact. A specific time is agreed, but the two of you must guess the same location in order to meet, which can be anywhere in London. Where do you guess?


Last month, the Times featured an article about Experimental Travel - ways to deliberately introduce arbitrary artificiality into a holiday in the hope that it will make the trip more interesting. On reflection, the subject crops up from time to time elsewhere, the Indy wrote about it in February because Lonely Planet had written a book about it and CNN got there first in 2003. Of course, if you like reading the master rather than the pupils, here's the original site - sadly, the English translation isn't comprehensive.

The one that caught my attention - and CNN's - is "erotourism" - "where a couple heads to the same town but travels there separately. The challenge is to find one another abroad. He and his wife of 30 years have engaged in the erotic pursuit in five cities and have managed to hook up every time." One might have thought that, upon re-encounter, the couple might claim not to recognise each other and, instead, happen to pick each other up for a holiday fling. Perhaps this could be a way to recapture the initial excitement of falling in love, with its courtship rituals and attendant taboos to be broken? Perhaps this could be a safe, sane and consensual (hooray!) way of playing at cheating upon each other without getting hurt? In any case, I am fully prepared to believe his claimed 5/5 success rate. I suspect it probably gets easier the more you think and talk about it in advance, too.

(This, of course, raises the question "Is there a game show to be made from this?" - a question to which the answer is, as usual, "It could be a round of a show".)



On Thursday and Friday I went to London, at least in part to see wmk06 on her tour of London and Amsterdam. Collapse )

Next trip: off to Boston to see dezzikitty at the start of July!
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